Sunday, July 16, 2017

I, Trumpius

Long time, no see.
I've been busy having a summer, offline. Which has been really wonderful.
 Until, I get online and see what the world has been up too. One thing that I noticed this week was this;
How creepy is he? I wanted to be shocked, but no, this guy acts like a bad online date from Plenty of Freaks. Donald Trump is probably in my dating pool. Since 70 year old dudes think they can get younger women, just like Donald Trump has. He is so bizarre.  However, I have met plenty like him. Guys who blurt out; "nice rack." You name it, they say it, that is, when they aren't outright groping you.
Trumps reminds me of some kind of Roman Emperor.
I think he has a lot in common with Claudius. Claudius, had  nephew named Caligula.
Nice family right?
Claudius was also an "outsider" the first emperor, born outside Italy.
Trump was thought of as an outsider.
"Potential enemies didn't see him as a serious threat" sound familiar? This was written about Claudius, but could easily be the way Trump was viewed by the GOP early in the election.
 Claudius, had a huuuuuge infrastructure program, building aqueducts, canals and roads.
Trump has a new infrastructure plan, but no idea when that will happen.
 Rome wasn't built in a day!
Claudius came to power through the murder of his nephew, Caligula, by the Praetorian guard and some senators. The rumor was Claudius knew all about it, but there was no evidence. Claudius liked to use his family connections, as a sort of brand, taking the name Caesar, also the name Augustus, and deleting Nero.
He was the first to use bribery regarding the military. Not necessarily a black budget, but I am guessing there was a Roman Military Complex that had to be maintained, conquests and annexations of other countries were the order of the day. Much like say, Trump and Qatar, (since son-in-law Kushner couldn't get them to loan him half a billion for his Fifth Avenue under-water property) perhaps another surge in Afghanistan? When you are an Emperor, you need more empire. You also need more money to vanquish the enemy, that's why the House just passed a $696 billion defense spending bill upgrade for the MIC.
 It's interesting that Claudius was dealing with the issues of who was a citizen and who wasn't?
Not much has changed, including a crackdown on people living in Rome, who were not considered citizens. In most cases people were given citizenship, but in some cases, "false citizenship" was considered a capital offence.
This seems to be a never ending problem. Especially for empires causing mass migration, from endless war, coups and mayhem. The difference being, that if you were in a Roman territory, you were also considered a Roman citizen. America just pillages, then waits for refugees to migrate.
The Roman senate had a good deal of people hostile to Claudius, so Claudius reduced their power. The American senate or congress for that matter can barely get anything done and there is barely anything but silence from them when it comes to Trump, unless he's tweeting about a female reporter's plastic surgery. He got some pushback, but I doubt he cared...
Claudius had to deal with several coups. 35 senators and 300 knights were killed during his reign. There's already been suggestions, that there has been a coup here in the USA, which is why Trump has not kept many of his campaign promises. Healthcare for everyone, yeah, right.
He kept GITMO open! MAGA!
Claudius was fond of gladiatorial matches, kind of like Trump and WWE

Claudius even fought a Killer Whale trapped in a harbor! Why? Did he need the ultimate fish story?   He got a bunch of his army buddies to spear the poor thing, it was already trapped from having nets thrown on it.
 I could totally see Trump doing that.
Claudius married four times, so Trump needs another go round to catch up with Claudius.
Get this, Claudius had "weak hands" Trumps got tiny hands. Sometime's he gets a smacked hand.

It's been a pretty strange summer. While we watch America do NOTHING GREAT, AGAIN.
It's pretty much guaranteed we will continue declining like Rome did, I look forward to seeing more bizarre behavior from the Cheeto-in-chief, more idiotic tweets, more excuses, maybe trying to pull another foreign dignitary's arm off?
 We are winning, so bigly.

                                                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudius

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Neverending War

This is the 400th post on this blog,
A journey I started almost 6 years ago. I was pretty confused about what was going on here, in the USA, That was 2011.
 I was just beginning to go down the rabbit hole.
The research I was doing invariably led me to a chain of corruption, bribes, nepotism & cronyism.
It definitely wasn't what I thought it would be.
If you could have told me then, that Donald Trump would be president in 2017, I doubt I would have believed it. At that point, I was just beginning to understand why nothing was getting better, in this country and today it is much the same.
Actually, it is worse.
We are still bombing and droning the same countries we were back in 2011, but with an updated list. We still are the largest purveyors of weapons worldwide.
Still have the worst healthcare, for an industrialized country.
We've got guns, guns and more guns and there's another shooting in Orlando today, almost a year after the Pulse Nightclub attack occurred. There's going to be more, Americans know this and they just shake their heads and move on.
Back in 2011, when I was new to blogging, most  people I knew were struggling. In 2017, almost half the country is in poverty. My point being, that nothing much has changed and things have degraded for the average American.
So how do you explain that?
I am trying to think of something that the government has done this year.
6 months into Donald Trumps presidency, with majority Republican in both houses, what has actually been accomplished?
He had a party in the Rose Garden for a healthcare bill that has no chance of making it through the Senate, making healthcare worse again. Seriously?
I looked at the list of signed legislation since Trump took office;
 A Joint Resolution For The Regent of the Smithsonian Institute? A Joint Resolution for the Bureau of Land Management to prepare, revise, use land, initiated by Liz Cheney, she was proud to "stop one more Obama Administration policy that was part of an eight-year war on the west."
If anyone knows about war, it's Dick Cheney's daughter.
 I think this piece of fairly unnoticed legislation is pretty telling. Since it seems to be about giving the power to manage these lands back to the states. Who knows how that's going to work out? More pipelines, more mining, probably, but Obama wasn't very effective when it came to water protectors and "letting things play out"
Well, the oil is flowing now, despite 3 spills so far. Corporations win again, Trump had investments in the parent company of the Dakota Access pipeline, he says he divested, but there's no evidence of this.
The only thing that really counts is corporate power. There's a healthcare corporation between you and your doctor. Almost everything Americans do has some kind of corporate structure involved, that's propped up by government corporate welfare. And they call us useless eaters.
If anything, since 2011, corporations have more power, while Americans have less full time work at minimum wage. It's not going to improve, if we go by Trump's first 6 months.
However, nothing improved with Obama either.
Americans are still heavily invested in a two party system that does nothing for them. It's all the illusion of choice. I still don't hear anyone bragging about anything that Trump has accomplished,
I kind of understand. I just spent a few hours of my life trying to figure out what, exactly, Trump has done, by going to actual government websites. If it takes a college educated woman, who's been blogging for about six years, part of her day to figure out what is going on, then  the average exhausted over worked American, doesn't stand a chance.
Most people just hear about Trump's tweets. That's where they get their information.
This is where we are, it's like George Carlin said, the government doesn't want critical thinkers. The government is winning, because no one is paying attention between the bombings and the shootings and the daily chaos of Trumps tweets and that's not an accident.
When are people going to figure out that they've been played? It's a con.
The policies of the last 6 years and before, when Bush invaded Afghanistan, has led to the terrible circumstances we find ourselves in today. There is no doubt in my mind that what is happening in the UK with the terrible attacks, right before their elections is blowback.
How long before it's our turn again?
We just armed Saudi Arabia to the teeth and now they've cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and this has everything to do with picking a fight with Iran. Trump has aligned himself and thus, the rest of us with the Saudis. Why? Qatar-Iran gas field probably. Not to mention Israel is no friend to Iran either, it's a win-win for Trump and if we keep meddling it's going to be a lose-lose for us.
This is the man that didn't want to involve us in any more wars, but is about to put another surge in Afghanistan.
400 posts ago, I guess I had a lot more hope, but now, you can predict how things will play out. Corporations have taken over the government and that includes defense contractors, who will clean up in the next conflict.
To make matters worse, after the UK tragedy over the weekend, Trump was hellbent on criticizing London's mayor on twitter, co-opting a tragedy. Totally cringeworthy. Totally heartbreaking, but not unexpected, I do expect him to keep ginning up for another war.
From 2011 to 2017, here I am writing about more, neverending war.
My only hope came from watching Ariana Grande and others performing in Manchester. Trying to give something back to the people who have suffered as a result of terrible decisions made by our leaders. I'll just leave a little video of her and the Black Eyed Peas here.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Art Of The Curtsy

I don't know if anyone else thought the timing of Chelsea Manning's release and Sweden terminating a 7 year sex crime investigation against Julian Assange was a coincidence?
I mean, how does that happen? In one week these two are in the news, only one is free and one isn't. I was glad Chelsea Manning was released, I was also glad that Sweden "discontinued" their investigation. While I think what these two people did was important, I am not sure what actually changed?
People I know, just don't care and have no idea of the particulars of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange's legalities.
Then there's this, what in the actual......???????  I just can't.


I guess he got so excited about his Art of the Weapons Deal, he just couldn't stand still and got weak in the knees.
We are still the largest exporter of war in the world.
It's sickening.
The people that exposed war crimes and publish secrets, are trying to figure out how to get on with their lives.
 Meanwhile, average Americans are still struggling in an economy that continues to crumble.
Where basic needs, like single payer health insurance will never happen.
But missiles and guns and bombs? We live in a land of plenty.
We are still bombing and terrorizing countries we have no business being in.
The corporate war machine just rolls on with no end in sight.
Maybe that's the real point.
I don't know what it's going to take for our government, to stop all the war mongering and start getting into the business of getting out of the Middle East. It's completely counter-intuitive to keep going on this way. I am pretty sure no one who voted for Trump thought they would see him curtsy to Saudi royals. It's ridiculous, but not altogether unexpected.
Maybe, the only thing the Saudi's could figure out, to keep him at arms length,was to throw a necklace on him in order to avoid his crazy handshake.
                                                           


One thing I totally get is what a sleazy salesman Trump is. These "state visits" are no more than sales opportunities. Kerry did it, so did Obama.  However he had the decency to cancel, after the Saudi's launched a war on Yemen.
Raytheon will be making bank on this new arms deal, while they offshore millions in taxes.
You can bet a whole lot more people are going to die, since no one seems to have any wherewithal to tell America they don't want bombs, or any other arms America is pushing like a heroin drug dealer.
I am sure that we can expect a lot more "deals" like this one.
Meanwhile American's continue to shoot up in a drug epidemic, I have not witnessed since the Vietnam War. Don't think those things aren't connected, only it's not just veterans that are hooked.  One outcome of the Afghanistan War is the flow of heroin.  I see it everyday when I go for my daily workouts. I have decided to document the evidence.
                             

This is where we are now. We started an illegal war, we arrested and persecuted whistleblowers for alerting us to war crimes, while we continue to wreak havoc all over the world. Selling arms, and bombing other countries while the flow of heroin and Narcodollars continues. Average Americans who are in real pain and despair are turning to this.
This is the legacy of Afghanistan and many other wars.
             But hey, he's going to make America great again, curtsying to the Saudi Royal family, with some bling around his neck.







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Russian Around

Trump's finally done it.
Hysteria ensues, when Trump fires a dude who completely mismanaged Hillary's email investigation. Comey couldn't touch Hillary's private email servers. Wonder why?
Could it be so we couldn't see all the bribes, donations flowing into The Clinton Foundation?
Comey is a tool, but some people have lost their damn minds.
I am trying to figure out what the FBI actually does, oh yeah! The drug war! They are really good at making sure the prison system is chock full of people. They target whistleblowers and journalists. Seems legit.
Is the Russian Connection Investigation over because Comey's gone? Doubt it.
People are way more upset over this guy getting fired because of RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!
There needs to be an investigation alright, but it should be into the DNC hijacking of the election and shutting down Bernie Sanders, People should be upset that we no longer are operating in a democracy.
The DNC is a corporation, they have said so, they say they are a "private corporation" but no one cares about that.
Now we have some bread and circus firing, to cover up some other shady deal going on, like  his son-in-law's deals with China. Kushner needs an investigation.
I think Trump should nominate Dog the Bounty Hunter head of the FBI, and make the FBI great again!

I am more upset about Spicey.
Where has he gone? I just love that Melissa McCarthy impersonation. The comedy that's come out of the Trump presidency is the best thing about it. The American people are such ingrates. Keep the comedy coming and stop complaining about Trump! He's a comedy gold mine!
Now, we  have to watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders  the Deputy Press Secretary. Definitely not as funny, I wonder who she's related to?
Mack Daddy  Huckabee 
The economy is pretty bad and it really helps when Daddy is a governor, a Trump supporter and gets you on Trumps campaign, "targeting faith leaders" so yeah, she's a religious freak.
God helps those who believe in cronyism, looks like she got into some trouble, oh dear, a federal complaint, violation of the Hatch Act.
I wonder if anyone is making money in Vegas betting on who Trump will fire next?
 I couldn't find that. but, I did find out people are betting on Trump being impeached.
Maybe he will be or maybe he'll just fire himself. Anythings possible in the home of the free.
We are winning so bigly! There's so much chaos going on it's hard to figure out, which is just the way our dear leader want's it. A firing here a tweet there, Maybe even a meeting with Putin!

Wonder how good old Spicey or Huckabee will handle that presser?
So I guess no one cared about Sally Yates being fired and making senators look like idiots.
No wonder she had to go.

Well, at least it wasn't fake news. Just old news. Thanks for pointing that out, POTUS.
Here in my home state of New Jersey our Governor Christie, was appointed by Trump to a "Special Commission" on opioid addiction. Here's a guy who has a serious addiction himself, have a look;

Looks like I'm not the only one who noticed. I'm pretty sure things are going to get even more bizarre as time goes on and I sure am looking forward to all the comedy. I mean that Christie thing is pretty funny. We all want him gone from Jersey. So thanks Trump for giving him a job. If I had known that would happen, I might have voted.
Also this week there was news of ANOTHER Afghanistan Surge. That's right, we're STILL fighting that opium war, which is why we really don't like North Korea.
I'm sure Trump will just do whatever the Military Industrial Complex wants as long as he can fire people and act like he's really in charge. After all, these surges have worked so well in the past, why not just keep doing them?
Sixteen years of war, but, hey, let's get upset over a useless tool that got fired, but no one gets upset over this;
Didn't another country lose a war with Afghanistan. bigly? That would be why they call Afghanistan the "Graveyard of Empires", but I doubt Trump has done any serious study of Afghanistan's history or he would get out of there quick, that is, if he is even in charge.
                       http://thefreethoughtproject.com/norht-korea-opium-trade-afghanistan/

Friday, May 5, 2017

"We're Going To Have Health Insurance For Everybody" Donald J. Trump

After Trump's gaslighting, Rose Garden Victory head fake, of a half-passed, criminal, American Health Care Bill, I have no idea how to even explain how something that isn't even a law, was celebrated AS IF IT WAS!
                                              Maybe Stephen Colbert can explain it;

In this land of stranger things, politicians hold Americans hostage over healthcare, then have a party over an even crappier plan than before.
 How about we repeal and replace with a single payer system and then this hostage situation can never happen again.
Why is a single payer system NEVER on the table?
Why? Because, lobbies, insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield pay Paul Ryan to carry out their devious plans to rob Americans blind, for health care that people in most industrialized countries, take for granted and aren't bankrupted if they get sick.
I just have to wonder, do any of the people who voted for Trump, even care about him making the health care we have now, even worse? Because he promised something very different;

So far Trump has dumped a $16 million dollar bomb on Afghanistan, launched $650,000 per Tomahawk missile in Syria and asked for more money for the military. $54 million more.
It's just a thought, but maybe if we stopped all the war mongering and put an end to the campaigns of endless war, maybe there would be enough money for a single payer system,
It's just a guess, but I remember Trump saying he was going to leave Social Security and Medicare alone. If past behavior predicts future behavior, he'll do a flip flopper on that too.

What we are dealing with is a psychopath, probably with a co-morbid personality disorder to boot.The lack of empathy, the blithe way he glibly lies and smirks. (check out Paul Ryan and his smirking, he's one too.) Every time this guy moves his lips he's lying.
 I also think he's got prostate problems which is why he's up in the middle of the night tweeting, because his prostate won't let him rest.
It's not his conscience, he doesn't have one.
                                        I wonder which "people" he's tweeting about?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Stayin' Alive

                           In a strange display of Nuclear Idol, try to judge the scariest video!
                    North Korea's is pretty epic. But then so is the U.S.'s impressive dick waving;
                                       I think both our Dear Leaders are taking too much Viagra.
It's hard to gauge what to think, from one day to the next.
I think Donald Trump has had the most impressive 100 days in office I have ever witnessed,
If you like chaos, that is.
He is hardly alone, when it comes to a president's first 100 days of war,
Bush, attacked Afghanistan & Iraq and Obama, promised more troops in Afghanistan.
 Because, we are perpetually at war.
It seems as if Trumps at war with almost everyone. It's so bad, his wife is probably relieved to stay in Manhattan, so she can get a minute's peace. She probably has no problem with the Donald's "First Daughter" being installed as some kind of mock " First Lady."
There's the Bannon-Kushner rivalry, with Bannon getting kicked off the NSC, then there's the Flynn dismissal.
Trump tried to get a travel ban, that's in limbo.
 "Nobody knew it could be so complicated", when it comes to Obamacare, it went nowhere.
 Mexico refuses to pay for his ludicrous wall, he's broken his promise to stay out of Syria, he flooded the swamp with more Goldman ex-employees & K-Street lobbyists.
As far as the art of the deal is concerned, he hasn't made one yet.
 He's attacked Nordstrom's, for not wanting to carry his daughters merch,  He's managed to bully Canada and Mexico with threat's, along with North Korea.
 He was going to get rid of NAFTA, now it's up for "renegotiating" after phone calls from Mexico and Canada. It's going to take more than some tweets for this.
Now, Trump is introducing his bigliest tax cut plan, who know's what will happen with that, because there will be a yuuuuge, $3-7 trillion shortfall.
The only thing he's managed to do is get Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
Score one for the Donald.
 Show all the video's you want, if people are still watching the MSM 's fear porn and believe everything that's on TV, then there will probably be more footage of virtual bombs. Trump's next 100 days of tweets will probably be filled with more threat's, I guess you could call them tweet bombs.
I guess the most we can say about Trump's first 100 days is that we've all survived, despite the shock, hysteria and awe. I am trying to find a way to care about the next 100.
                                                                 




Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Piece Of Cake

We have been here before, bombing the crap out of a Middle Eastern country, over weapons of mass destruction. This is nothing new and it will just keep going on and on. A $315,000,000 bomb?
That was the one we delivered to Afghanistan. There's always money for war and war is made as a matter of routine now. There's no need to declare it or get Congress or the Senate to vote on it. Just do it. Like the Nike commercial says.
I don't know anyone who voted for war.
Trump was supposedly against it. Like most politicians, you can't believe anything they say.
The last week has been nothing but bombs, chaos and confusion. What one thing that he promised has he actually achieved, for the Americans that voted for him?
The whole Republican Party is backing his warmongering. McCain and Lindsey Graham are delighted. Handing defense contractors more money is just more of the status quo he said he was running against, Understand, that Trump is not acting alone,
I seriously doubt anyone who voted for Trump will hold his feet to the fire and demand he come through with what he said he would. I don't know if there's something in the water or just listening to Brian Williams croon about "beautiful missiles"
 I have no explanation for why people who voted for this dude just don't care what he does.
So why even vote? It's not that Hillary would have been any better, she probably would have set off some bombs too. Why is it that war is always on the White House agenda?
So Donald Trump bombed a Syrian airfield and then a bunch of tunnels in Afghanistan, built by the CIA back when the Mujaheddin were fighting the Russians. He did this over a beautiful piece of chocolate cake. Is it a metaphor?
 Is bombing a country a piece of cake for him?
I actually talked to some people who voted for Trump, about his bombing other countries.
Turns out, they just tell me that they voted for him because Hillary was a worse choice.
They seem to have no cogent thoughts either way about Trumps war policy.
They don't really think about it.
One person actually told me that Trump isn't in charge so he's not really making these decisions.
Let that sink in...
If that's the case, why would you even vote? It's like voting for Howdy Doody or Kermit the Frog.
 If, on some level, you are aware that the President isn't really "The Decider" Why would you continue to participate in a system that doesn't give a rat's about you?
So, people believe Trump meant everything he said to get elected, and they think that once a person is elected President and get's into office, he doesn't have any power to do anything any way.
I don't know whether this is a majority of people who believe this or not.
 It just doesn't seem like people are capable of looking at a system where they seem to know on some level that something is terribly wrong, yet they will continue to line up and vote in a system where your only choices are bad ones. No one questions that?
As if that wasn't enough, not one person I talked to even asked how many people died as a result of these bombings.
What has the death toll been? It's hard to find a legitimate count of how many people have died so far, this was the closest I could find;  1,472 Syrians, that's not including the 94 people the "mother of all bombs" killed this week in Afghanistan.
I can only surmise that this is what happens in a country that has been at constant war for decades. With no real draft, declaration or vote to approve going to war with another country. Americans act like these bombs aren't killing actual human beings. Maybe it's like a video game to them, I just don't know.
We're supposedly a Christian nation and on this Easter Sunday, does anyone even spare a thought about the damage we have caused in the space of a week to the people of Syria and Afghanistan?
Will any of these fundamentalist religious zealots, like Vice President Mike Pence, even spare a prayer for the people we bombed?
I guess most people will just be watching their kids tear into their Easter baskets, go on Easter egg hunts and eat their Easter ham.
I can't help but feel sorry for the people burying loved ones, who unlike Jesus, aren't going to rise out of a tomb alive and well, like some zombie fairy tale,
If this is what Trump is capable of in his first one hundred days, Jesus help us all.
Happy Easter.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Continual Warfare

I don't have a TV any longer, but I'm pretty sure Wolf Blitzer can't contain himself, he can fetishize war, instead of trying to justify his career by talking about Donald Trump's tweets.
 This goes for every other Mainstream News Media outlet.
They are all in.
I am guessing that people who voted for Trump think he's making war great again.
One of his campaign promises was to bomb and take the oil from ISIS.
 I don't blame the people who voted for Trump, this would have happened if Hillary had won.
The fact that we are responsible for ISIS, and it's still not clear how that gas attack went down, we are at war in all but name. There doesn't need to be any clear evidence of anything for bombing to start, I think I know why,
The access to military bases and ensuring endless war in the Middle East. The failure of Trump to repeal and replace Obamacare, nullifying his promise on tax reform, both of these campaign promises are DOA, A dismal March jobs report is just in, The chaos of Flynn, Bannon, Nunes, leaving on unpleasant terms, to say the least, left Trump with one of the only things left he could do to scrape together some kind of approval rating that has been in the toilet.
Now the consumption of bread and circuses will increase as people listen to the praise for Tomahawk missiles and utter chaos being rained down once again on Syria.
Since when has this ever gone done well for us?
Don't for a minute think there might not be some blowback from Russia, since there has been Russian hysteria since the Presidential campaign despite there once again, being no evidence.
The Military Industrial Complex wanted this war, it is obvious.
Things must be going very badly indeed, for the economy, much like it tanked during George W. Bush's ramp up to his misguided Middle East cl*%sterF*&ck.
If the powers that be really wanted to, they could have solved this problem through diplomacy.
Oh wait! Thanks to Rex Tillerson, ties with Exxon, it only makes things more suspicious that there's an oil grab going on here. Profits to be made for the usual suspects Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon. I am sure John McCain and Lindsey Graham are already busting out the champagne,
Anyone, who had any thought, that Donald Trump was an "outsider" is misled, the people who fill his cabinet are Goldman bankster "Generals" It seems to me that the only thing that you can count on from voting, is getting a leader who has no interest in you whatsoever, and has every interest in perpetual warfare to keep the defense contractors and lobby bribers happy.
Please stop voting.
Stop consenting to this never ending madness.
I refuse to vote,
 I refuse to be complicit in this war or any other. I grew up during the Vietnam War. It seems to me there has only been a very brief period when there hasn't been a war, I am sick of it.
Sadly, I am pretty sure my voice is one of the few. I don't know anyone who really knows why we are bombing Syria, they don't care.
More money will be siphoned off to this next Middle Eastern misadventure, while the rest of America will slide further into poverty, drug addiction and chaos. That's the legacy of these futile wars.
                                                               

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Live For Now" A Kartrashian Dystopia

Anyone feel like having a Pepsi?
I  don't even know how to write about this other than we seem to be at a weird Marie Antionette moment. I don't get how these out of touch marketers or ad campaigners had no idea the blowback this would cause.
 
Rather, they have no ideas, except, exploit and co-modify. 
When you get to a point in a culture, where Kartrashian's set some kind of "standard" what else is it  going to come down to other than in a rarefied world, where someone is so privileged, that jumping off a photoshoot, with a can of Pepsi and giving it to an unarmed and unmilitarized cop saves the day, It's pretty disheartening.
Being white and a model? Bonus points!
There's been a trend to refine many things in this culture, no, it's not your intellect, it's your eyebrows,
These are stencils, to make your eyebrows look as artificial as possible, like a Barbie doll, Kendall Jenner uses them.
Ancient Egyptians employed this beauty routine.
Nice eyebrows Nefertiti!
 Nothing new going on here, the obsession with the face, painting certain features.
 However, you would think by 2017 we would be navigating the skies in  flying cars using sustainable energy or providing human beings with with clean water, decent living conditions.with access to free education for everyone. 
Instead, we have Pepsi and Nestle buying up the water supply for pennies and selling it to the people of Flint, in their plastic, poison, bottles, ruining the environment.
 Live for now! with Pepsi and perfect eyebrows, plastic surgery and plastic people.
Everyone else that's in the gutter with their raggedy eyebrows? 
Well they can just forget it.
Which brings me back to Marie Antoinette.
 Remember the women of that time, the beauty marks they used to put on their faces?
These marks could convey messages
they were a way to communicate
Could also have been a way to hide the sores from Syphilis

What does this communicate?
photo Daily Mail

We are not the only culture obsessed with looks and superficiality
It's just so disturbing when you have people like the Kartrashian's and 
Ivanka Trump, trivializing protests and influencing policy.
They might as well tell us all to eat cake.
There is a term called "behavioral sink
this came out of John B. Calhoun's experiments, testing the effects of overpopulation on social animals. What happened was a population of mice would overpopulate their environment, peak, then collapse to extinction, 
Social decay would become worse with every generation, which would lead to unrest in the environment and collapse.
The first generation was called "strive" they explored their environment and set up nests. 
Then came "exploit" when the mice population exploded, things started to get overcrowded. Next, came "equilibrium" where the mouse population peaked, 
There was all kinds of behavior dysfunctions the mice displayed, for instance, violence, cannibalism, but I am going to concentrate on the behavior of the mice that withdrew from most mousey socializing, 
They would spend their days, grooming obsessively, they were unintelligent compared to past generations, they were called, "the beautiful ones". 
What it came down to was a lack of space to roam, a lack of resources. 
With over half the country living in poverty, doubled up in houses with many generations, no ability to leave, no money to do so, the only thing left is to keep grooming and perhaps piercing or utilizing tattoos to the point of neurosis.
I can only explain the Kartrashian and Trump behavior as one of social privilege, that they can afford to withdraw, none of them are intelligent in any way that makes them exceptional. However, grooming is the exception, they are exceptionally well groomed. 
I think for most that live in poverty, the only thing they have left, is eyebrows, fingernails and hair. When you don't have the possibility of education, or a way to be creative, this is what you do.
This is where we are now.
This is not a good sign.
To make matters worse a corporation that makes poison drinks, like Pepsi, thinks protests can be entertaining, a joyful experience.
 I don't for a minute think that Kendall Jenner's manager mother didn't have full approval of this commercial and knew it's content, She's the reason why Pepsi had to apologize to Kendall Jenner, who probably made a million, if not more, being the "face" of Pepsi.
So, 'Live For Now" because the future isn't looking very good.                                                                        

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trumps Tenth Week Of Terrible!

A lot happened this week.
Anyone with a full time job would be hard pressed to keep up with it all.
Let's start with Trump signing another Executive Order making America great again, giving the coal lobby whatever it wants.
Donald Trump was "the biggest recipient" of the coal lobby's dollars, $239,996, exactly.
He's going to bring back coal miners jobs, even though the consensus is, these jobs aren't coming back, bigly.
This Executive order is likely to end up in the courts, again, just like his Immigration Ban.
Trump also had two more Executive Orders to sign on Friday for trade enforcement, then, suddenly, without signing them he left the room, leaving Mike Pence to chase after him.
 I guess he eventually signed them, but who knows? It's like Trump has ADD and can't sit still long enough to complete a task, especially when being asked embarrassing questions about Michael Flynn. Run away! Run away!

After not getting his way on his healthcare, nocare, Trumpcare, Trump has declared war!
 It's a war on his own party, The Freedom Caucus, a band of anti-government radicals who were ok with selling internet users out and handing over our private information to whatever company pays for it, Congress passed it and so did the Senate, at last, something they could agree on!
All it will take is for Trump to sign. He'll probably sign it, because he's a business man, this is why most of my friends voted for him. Even if it's funny business.
Are you getting a feel for the chaos that's going on? This is what happens around psychopaths.
Their actions are capable of causing a lot of confusion and Trump is definitely a psychopath.
While he's busy causing commotion, other things are going on in the background, like war, and I am not talking about the Freedom Caucus.
Syria, Iraq and Yemen conflicts are continuing. We already know Trump wants to ramp up the military spending, completely disregarding the anti war platform stance he took while running for office, (remember, with psychopaths, it's actions, not words)
There's more chaos in the immigrant community since Jeff Sessions came out with threats to revoke federal funds for Sanctuary Cities. Immigration has been an ongoing problem, that outgoing President Obama did little to alleviate and probably made worse. Is this just an empty threat Sessions has been told to use? Is it more talk and no action?
I guess The Devin Nunes affair is background too. It's hard to get a handle on this dude.
 He's chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, seemingly without any intelligence both mental and factual.
 He's leading an investigation into the alleged ties, Trump may or may not have, to the Russian government.
It seems he's been running back and forth (secretly) to the White House, in order to meet a "source."

Are you getting tired yet?  Feeling on edge?
 Is it all getting to be a bit too much?
It's designed to.
 I am already annoyed with the research I have had to do just to make sense of Trumps tenth week in office. It pretty much goes without saying that everything that has happened this week was meant to obfuscate and keep Americans wondering what in the hell is going on?
 For sure someone is profiting from whatever actually passes into legislation since everything is a racket. If you want to start getting a handle on why we are in such a state, listen to James Howard Kuntlser's podcast, here, explaining Trump & the Clinton's and their cronies are racketeers and everything, all systems, banking, healthcare, government, the MIC, it's a a racket. That's why nothing is going to get done, things are going to devolve, and nothing will improve for average Americans.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

What Kind Of Health Care Does Congress have?

After how many years of repeal votes and still congress couldn't pull it together and vote for a repealy- replacey health care act. I wonder how scared these cretins are? The town halls I've seen, with people loaded for bear, mad as hell at the congressional Orange Bozo lovers who are ready to throw away what little health care coverage people have.
               
                                            "What kind of insurance do you have?"    
That's the question one woman asked of Tom Cotton. (R-AR)
Cotton, just another dude, obsessed with Planned Parenthood, who would rather see a lot of UNplanned parenthood.    
Fortunately, for people who like the ACA, (Obamacare) I doubt the GOP psychopaths will be able to get rid of it. How long has it been since these clowns could do anything except maybe shut the                   government down? They do nothing. Except fund raise and collect their fat paychecks and benefits most Americans can only dream of.
So after almost a week long head fake, they tell us no vote this week, I highly doubt they are going to be strong armed into voting for the hot mess of an American Health Care Act, over the weekend, unless they can come up with a crueler, more spiteful health care plan.
My idea is that whatever congress decides to do, they should get the same health care that they pass into law. That should be built into what ever health care changes they want to make. They should have Obamacare now and see how they like it.
What ever happened to Trump's "insurance for everybody!"???? Does anyone even remember him saying that?
 Oh well, guess that's just another lie, but keep voting, because Trump's going to make America great again!
The polling I have done here, in Bumblef*$ck, New Jersey; all my friends who voted for Trump say his new plan is better, with no actual facts to back it up, or any actual research at all. They hate Obama so much and Obamacare, that they think anything will be better, They have a weird case of magical thinking. If Trump says so and Spicey says so, then it's great again. The propaganda is definitely working.
Today we witnessed the whole debacle being pushed back and pushed back and then they had to give up. I guess they'll hope no one will remember come Monday. They will delay and delay until it goes away.
Even if it doesn't, it will never get passed in the Senate, so it's more bread, more circuses. While we are all looking at the crazy health insurance game they are playing, what the hell is going on behind our backs?
How about Gorsuch? Did anyone see Al Franken take apart Gorsuch and call his decision absurd? Could you get a crueler judge than Gorsuch?
                                                               
There is nothing about this new administration that is great. Unless, cruelty is great. Unless, letting sick people get even sicker, is great. The fact that so many American voters could be seduced by Donald Trump and now could care less about what he's doing, kind of shocks me. I thought there would be a sense of dismay over what he is doing, but no, turns out people are just fine with it.
There's no attempt at hiding the corruption, no lack of remorse, the attempt to create yet, another dynasty, by installing the first daughter in the White House and the first son-in-law.
My friend Sean says, "she's really smart!"
I was like, when did she ever prove that? Is she a Rhodes Scholar?
I think Al Franken got it right, it's absurd. So, what's it gonna take for people to realize the people you elect, do not care. Is it going to be them taking away their health care? Will that do it? Because American's are going to have to get a whole lot sicker and a whole lot angrier to stop this Dickensian, pauperized future waiting for us, then again half the country is pauperized now. However, every one's a King, when they are watching the Kardashians. I'm sure they think that's real too!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Taking A Leak

You just can't make this stuff up. For years I have been telling my friends to tape up their camera's on their computers. To disengage any microphones on their devices. The irony of Trump's "wiretapping" is that we are all being wiretapped.
 I have had more than one side eye go my way because of my warnings about how your TV can spy on you only to be laughed off,
That's fine, don't say I didn't tell you so. Now that Wikileaks released Vault 7 , the proof is in the leaking;
"Back in 2015, Samsung’s SmartTV privacy policy warned people not to share private information in front of their TV:"
That's just one device.
But, hey, we keep on hearing about Russia, Russia, Russia! Why? Because we need a war for all the government contractors. So they can make even more money.
The economy is still stuck in a recession and we know war is a money maker.
Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, who's next on the list? Maybe China? How about North Korea? We all know the only ones who can have nuclear weapons is America.
How many? It looks like 6,973, who needs that many weapons? How many do you actually need to blow up the world? It's insanity and it made somebody rich, maybe a lot of somebodies.
How much spying do you need? Is there ever enough? Is Trump wrong saying he was wiretapped? At this point I wonder who ISN'T wiretapped?
Will there be any epic fallout from this leak or is it just going to be business as usual? This leak is titled Year 0, so how much more is there? If it's true that the CIA was looking into hacking into cars and trucks, what's to stop them from hacking into planes? Oh dear, it's tin foil hat time!

Don't look too hard, just tune into the next episode of the Kardashians. I bet even the CIA can't keep up with them.
A funny thing about all this spying and hacking. How are all these attacks still happening in Orlando, Nice, Paris, Brussels? The amount of spying going on should have stopped these horrific tragedies, dontcha think?
Meanwhile, on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, it's fear porn about your heathcare, because now the GOTEA Party has a 3 phase plan that will never get passed. The Republicans know this, but they have to look like they are actually going to do something.
Wolf Blitzer and Rachel Maddow and the other hacks on FOX News,  will continue with the propaganda McCarthyism Russian theme, with no proof, because the Democrats pushed a flawed candidate for president, instead of the one that could have won.
But, no one's going to talk about that. Next thing will be that the Russians hacked our healthcare.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MAGA!

He's going to make America great again.
Everyone I know who voted for this guy believes him. For the life of me, I don't know why.
After last nights speech, which essentially was nothing but flirting with the American people and giving them a bunch of empty promises.
Today, I would bet that Joe the Plumber is enjoying his morning coffee, high on Donald Trumps words, even though @realdonaldtrump's actions say something different.
 Let's start with his idea for the military budget, a $54 billion increase. The US already has the highest military budget in the world, so of course, we need more money for that. More money for the Pentagon, that's never been audited, that is not accountable to anyone. We all know that McCain and Lindsey Graham who's lobbyists and state economies depend on the war machine are dependent on government handouts. There is nothing about this, that is going to address what America needs to be great again, unless government contractors and making weapons will somehow be good for Americans.
Arming the world and keeping up with the status quo of having 800 military bases in 70 countries has
worked out great for Americans. I don't know anyone who really knows anything about what Trump is actually doing, let alone how many military bases are bleeding us dry.
Trump also has said he plans to slash foreign aid in order to offset the military spending. So far that's just domestic cuts, like the State Department, We still will give billions to Israel, Jordan, Pakistan and the list goes on and on. Israel and Egypt receive $3.1 billion annually. Because that makes America great again...somehow.
Let's move along to Jeff Sessions. After Trumps campaign promises to let states deal with medical and recreational Marijuana, Sessions signed on for more of the same failed Drug War policies from a century ago, continuing on with prohibition. Why? Because Trump is a big fan of private prisons and we need them to be stocked with prisoners at all times. Legalized weed, could mean millions in revenue for states budgets won't happen despite the successes of Colorado and Washington State. Let's make prison great again.
Let's talk about Trumps Yuuuuge plans for heathcare, he says he's going to help with tax credits and get this; Health Savings Accounts, also known as Pay For It Your Own Damn Self Accounts, it's a joke! Half of the country is in poverty, living paycheck to paycheck, they can't afford to save anything. So what Trump is promising is more of the same, without a mandate. He's not going to make heathcare great again. It's not going to happen. the GOP Bozo's haven't come up with a thing in 8 years of their useless repeal votes.
So Trump is going to build, not a Great Wall, but, a "great, great wall" I am not so sure it's to keep immigrants out or maybe to keep us in! I can't even imagine how bad it is in other countries, that coming to America is a great idea.
I have researched immigrating to other countries. Every country I have looked at all have means testing in order to be able to immigrate to their country. You either have to be highly skilled with advanced degrees or you have to show you have a job waiting for you or other income requirements. My gripe with immigration is that we should have the same expectations for the people who want to immigrate here. We are the only country I know of who will take anyone. America was great when we had the room and resources for everyone to be able to come here and were able to maintain themselves, however, we are still living with the fantasy of, "back in the day" when we ripped off and killed the Native American population, taking their land that immigrants settled on and built a life (at others expense.) This faulty narrative is still with us and unfortunately with half the country in poverty, most Americans are having a very hard time in this economy. This is where the confusion comes in with immigration. It's the paranoia of so-called "terrorists" from 9/11 (don't get me started with how all that went down) that get in.
The facts are that the main illegal immigrants to the US are from Sub-Saharan Africa, China and India. Illegal immigrants are money makers for, private prisons.. (My post about Vice President Dan Quayle's Private Prison investments)
Mexican's made up 54% of unauthorized immigration. So that's a yuuuuge money maker for prisons. Did you know Mexico has an immigration problem? It's  American retirees, Mexico has means testing, that means if you want to retire there and have enough of a pension, you are welcomed. Otherwise, not so much. I just wonder how many people actually got into Canada after Trump got elected?
Go ahead and build a wall @realdonaldtrump, so far his Immigration Executive Order is a fail. I suspect almost everything else in his speech will be one too. The GOP hasn't done a damn thing in the last 8 years and don't get me started with the Democrat white wearing suffragette BS. What does that actually do? NOTHING. Both those parties are the problem, that's how we got to Trump. I guess everyone can just continue with the bread and circus of Donald Trumps speech, but it was vague on how he is actually going to do anything, except just keep the same rackets going that aren't going to do anything to make America great again.
                                                     
Attributed to Fox News
                                            Another useless gesture, Thanks Democrats.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Paradox of Propaganda

I don't have a TV, I haven't had one for years. Mainly for economic reasons, having cable is like having a car payment.
 I don't subscribe to any print media.
Since the Iraq War, CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and so many more, reinforced the notion of weapons of mass destruction, it's all fake news to me.
 Trump isn't wrong calling out fake news, but the thing is, he's fake too.
I have a hard time believing anything that politicians do or say, along with TV stations and any mainstream print like the Washington Post or The New York Times.
I am not alone acknowledging that there is a propaganda MSM infrastructure being maintained to either keep people in a constant state of fear over Russia; Oh My God there's a Russian ship in International waters off our coast!
Or, alternately putting them to sleep with reality shows or the History Channel's, so-called history.
I have friends who watch Fox News or CNN, some of them still believe what's on TV, but most of them have no idea of what's going on, TV or no TV. They have no idea who Trumps cabinet picks are, what their history or experience is.
The rate of constant 24 hour breaking news gives them amnesia. They can barely remember what occurred yesterday, let alone last week. It's a constant stream of information that is, for the most part, almost meaningless or just plain nonsense.
When fake news is touted as truth then found out to be lies, and no one is responsible or accountable for fake news, it just goes on and on.
I think this country was founded on fake news and it's come back to bite us on the ass. Native American genocide propagandized as Manifest Destiny comes to mind, the Salem Witch Trials, More recently the Gulf Of Tonkin, WMD's and the Iraq War.
Now all of a sudden there's mayhem because the President is talking about fake news.
While the media acts like there's no such thing as fake news, it begs the question; what's really going on that isn't being reported?
We have leaks all over the place, supposedly because our non-elected Shadow Government isn't happy that @realdonaldtrump is acting like he isn't playing by the usual rules, like good old Obama did. I don't care which of Trump's cabinet picks resigns or gets approved, they are all from the same apparatus. Whether the NSA or whoever leaked Flynn's conversations and why that's a big problem, doesn't matter to me, since we're all in the same boat being spied on.
The reality is that almost everyone I know who voted for Trump, barely knows even one of his cabinet choices. However, they are super impressed that FLOTUS was a super model. (was she a super model? I have no idea, probably more fake news) Maybe they're right not to pay any attention, since it's become a revolving door of self serving, stale, pale and male dudes, or useful idiots like Betsy DeVos and that twit Ben Carson.
Meanwhile, the country is a shambles, I had five friends of mine get laid off from their jobs last week. I see abandoned houses everywhere, since we have a major foreclosure problem ongoing in my state and one of the major bridges connecting New Jersey to Pennsylvania was recently closed due to a crack in the structure, and so it goes. There's nothing fake about any of those things.
I anticipate more arguing about the deficit and how we can't afford all of the entitlements people actually paid for. This country is bankrupt morally and probably financially, since people like @realdonadltrump and all the other elites can offshore trillions of dollars in tax revenues while everyone's rushing around with their W-2's trying to get their taxes done.
The one thing you can count on is Americans are still caught up with Republicans versus Democrats, Black Lives Matter-All Lives Matter, the drug war, it just doesn't end and it keeps everyone distracted from the fact that it's the system that's the problem and no amount of voting will fix it.
The fix is in and no average American is going to come out the winner. Why would you even play their game?
Step away from the TV.
 It's 65 degree's in February here in New Jersey, I am going to take my box of paints and go out and paint a landscape, at least that is real, I guess global warming is fake too.

                                                     



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Not A Fan

Photo by DAVID ILIFF
It's the holiest of holy days, here in America. Super Bowl Sunday.
Bread and circuses, wings and beer. I never really got it. I don't like football.
I was a soccer player in high school and on the track team. There wasn't any football girls could play any way, except backyard games with my brothers.
 It seems like a lot of money is spent on the Super Bowl. $14.1 billion. Everyone at work will be talking about the Super Bowl commercials. $5 million for a 30 second spot. It blows my mind.
Some people have way more time for football than I do. Even if I had the time, it wouldn't be for a football game. People are way more invested in the Super Bowl, than politics or Donald Trump. I've seen way more dudes rattle off obscure stats about all the players, but can't tell me any thing about Trumps cabinet picks or the last book they read.
Thankfully, I keep my expectations lowered.
Most Super Bowl watchers don't vote, I don't blame them.
It costs over $4000 for Super Bowl tickets. The Super Bowl is for rich people, let them eat balls.
Like everything in this country it's been co-opted and corporatized.
The NFL get's billions from taxpayers subsidies, priorities much?
Local governments give all kinds of subsidies away for stadiums, they get discounts on
 utilities, breaks on their property taxes. The NFL is a non-profit, yeahhh, ok. Not a fan of that. They make over $1 billion in profits a year, actually it's $7.25 billion.
Someone tell me how that's non-profit?
To put this in perspective, it would cost $1.5 billion to clean the water in Flint, Michigan.
We have a huge homeless problem in this country, we currently spend $4.5 billion on.
We have a huge student debt problem, because we'd rather subsidize football teams than the future for our young people.
We need to rethink these ridiculous "non-profit" profitable corporations in everything but name only.
When it get's to the point that over half the country is living in poverty and churches, football leagues and other nonsensical schemes don't pay taxes on their "donations" and everyday people are struggling with three jobs, somethings very wrong. I seriously doubt anyone watching the Super Bowl game today is thinking about that. That's just the point. They don't care, They are too exhausted or too hypnotized by the Super Bowl circus and all the marketing for products they want you to buy with what little money you have left after you pay your property taxes, you don't get subsidies for.
I guess people think it's ok to be funding the NFL. they probably would rather pay for that, than a veteran out on the street. We wonder why the suicide rate for veterans is so high?
I'm kind of surprised they don't just put these military gladiators in the stadiums and feed them to the lions. Maybe that would get someone's attention. No one seems to care what happens to them.
There is an interesting story going back to Roman times. There was a guy named Gaius Marius. He was living during a time of Roman oligarchy. This guy Marius, tried to make reforms for the military. Afraid of a barbarian invasion, He used the promise of property to get more people from the lower classes motivated to join the military. There was a very large unemployment problem then. (sound familiar?)
Marius gave the military a retirement in the form of land grants & pension, anyone who fought with the army could become Roman citizens..It seems like veterans got a better deal in Roman times, (I wonder what the suicide rate was?)
This caused men to become more loyal to their generals than the Roman State, causing the destruction of Roman Republic and the onset of The Emporer.
In the end Marius, who once had sided with his army, co-opted himself with the oligarchy Senate and put down a rebellion of "radicals" to establish public order. After this Marius was exiled, but then returned. A few years later, Rome passed a decree, expelling all residents who were not Roman Citizens. A social and Civil war erupted, It would be the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire.
It seems to me America long ago crossed the Rubicon of Republic into Empire.We have a similar breakdown occurring now, there's much we can learn from ancient Rome, but I am sure everyone would rather think about what Lady Gaga is going to wear for the half-time show than contemplate exactly where America is headed.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_reforms  for more detail.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trumpistan

People are just beginning to suspect that Trump may be a malignant narcissist. One thing you want to watch out for is the amount of chaos and drama they leave in their wake. They are very hard to predict, because they lie so much. You can not believe what they say, which is like most politicians. They all lie. 
You have to look at actions.
What's really interesting to me is in his first Week in office Trump has pissed off people on  these foreign issues, Mexico's president cancelled his visit, the purge of the State Department, the 90 day immigration ban, If you are in an airport and stranded, go to this link,
 https://www.justice4all.org/who-we-are/staff/
 There are lawyers who can help.
So, I want to know how many terrorists have been caught since the ban has been in place? Every single country that's on this immigration ban list is from Paul Wolfowitz neo-con takeover of the Middle East
This is an unprecedented action. One that comes close was Jimmy Carters ban on Iranians after the Iranian Revolution. 
It is a 90 day ban for any non-citizen from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. Every single country on this list has been subject to mayhem the US has caused. 

Weird, no ban on Saudi's or Egypt, oh wait, our sales professionals with the State Department will be happy to service your contracts for weapons. 
Most of the people who voted for Trump, don't even have a passport, let alone have ever traveled outside of the US. So I doubt it's much of an issue for them. With the amount of problems we've got in this country, this is one of the first actions Trumps takes.
Seriously, I want some statistics as to the amount of undocumented or terrorist people Customs stops. It seems like those people are always on FBI lists but manage to elude everyone, is this going to stop it? 
It seems to me that the people stranded in the airports are the ones trying to get in the country legally. Are there any statistics about immigrants that get into the country illegally through the airports? 
I couldn't find any real information about that. 
http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/sep/08/jorge-ramos/ramos-40-undocumented-immigrants-come-air/
It looks like Mexico in 2014 was responsible for 52% of our illegal immigration
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/03/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/

I guess this pretty much says it all, I thought Trump had a fondness for immigrants?